San Jose 4, Minnesota 2

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 21-13-1-1 13-4-0-1 8-9-1-0 L2
San Jose 19-11-3-3 13-1-1-3 6-10-2-0 W6

Recap


Sharks 4, Wild 2: Captain Joe Thornton and Martin Havlat each recorded a goal and an assist as host San Jose extended its winning streak to six games.

Defenseman Dan Boyle and T.J. Galiardi scored power-play goals and Antti Niemi made 31 saves for the Sharks, who improved to 5-0-0 on their seven-game homestand. San Jose, which is 13-1-4 at HP Pavilion, moved past idle Los Angeles and into fifth place in the Western Conference.

Rookie Charlie Coyle and former Shark Dany Heatley tallied while Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots for the Northwest Division-leading Wild, who kicked off a three-game road trip with their third loss in four contests.

It took only 94 seconds for the Sharks to get on the board as Brent Burns knocked a defender off the puck along the left-wing boards and dished it to Thornton in the corner. The veteran center made a quick pass to Havlat, who beat Backstrom from the left faceoff circle for his fifth goal.

Boyle made it 2-0 at 5:19 with a highlight-reel goal. During a 5-on-3 power play, Boyle picked up the puck deep in his own zone and went end to end, deking past Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter and slipping a backhander past Backstrom.

Coyle and Heatley scored 25 seconds apart midway through the second period to forge a tie, but Thornton's pass from the left circle caromed off a defender's skate and into the net with 5:18 remaining to put San Jose back in front. Galiardi sealed the win at 6:55 of the third with a tap-in from the right side of the crease.

Tempers boiled over at the final buzzer as Heatley and Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic got into a skirmish. Heatley quickly skated off the ice afterward gripping his left forearm, and Vlasic received a slashing major and game misconduct when the dust settled.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Thornton's assist was the 782nd of his career, giving him sole possession of 34th place on the all-time list. He had been tied for the spot with Brian Leetch. ... Boyle has scored five of his six goals on the power play. Four of the five have come during 5-on-3 advantages. ... Minnesota has won only one of its last seven visits to San Jose. ... Both teams were active at Wednesday's trade deadline. The Wild acquired F Jason Pominville from Buffalo and G Jeff Deslauriers from Anaheim, while the Sharks obtained F Raffi Torres from Phoenix and D Scott Hannan from Nashville.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   San Jose
Charlie Coyle 1 Points Martin Havlat 2
Charlie Coyle 1 Goals Martin Havlat 1
Jonas Brodin 1 Assists Brent Burns 2
N/A Power Play Goals Dan Boyle 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Niklas Backstrom .879 Save Percentage Antti Niemi .939
Niklas Backstrom 29 Saves Antti Niemi 31

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 33 2 0-1 3-5 14 28
San Jose 33 4 2-5 1-1 21 36

Upcoming Games

  • San Jose will play their next game at home against Calgary . The Sharks have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .353 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Los Angeles . The Wild have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .571 after a loss.